This dish is like a fraternal twin to Chili. It’s made the same way, tastes as good, and is just as versatile. This recipe can be doubled or tripled, and is even better when you eat it as left-overs. Serve this in a big bowl with sides of a salad and crusty bread or corn bread. Or, spoon into a casserole dish and top with biscuits, corn bread, or tater tots. Bake at 350° until the topping is cooked and brown (20 minutes or so if biscuits and corn bread start as dough). Optional ingredients:
rice or quinoa
a mixture of brown sugar and vinegar.
Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 20 min + simmering
1 pound ground meat (can be beef, venison, buffalo, etc)
1 large onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
In a medium-large pot, over medium-high heat, brown the ground meat and onions. In the last minute of browning, add the garlic. Stir and cook. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, black and pinto beans, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and barbeque sauce. Stir well. Bring to boiling. Allow to simmer on low heat for at least 20 minutes. Alternatively, this can be put into the oven (covered or uncovered, depending on how thick you want it) at 250° for several hours.
Thieves Blend, or Four Thieves Blend, has been around since the Middle Ages, give or take a few centuries. There are many stories surrounding the name and the mixture, but most herbalists, scientists, and doctors agree on its effectiveness.
Thieves Blend of essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral. Granted, many microbes are beneficial to the human body, but God provides amazing protection against the harmful ones through His plants.
Benefits of Thieves Blend:
Cleans the air of germs and molds as you diffuse
Prevents against food spoilage
Stops unwanted microbes and superbugs
Alleviates discomfort due to arthritis, muscle pains, joint pains, nausea, vomiting, gum issues, and ulcers
Powerful emotional and physiological effects from diffusing
The use of Thieves oil dates all the way back to the year 1413. The time of the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death) ran rampant through Europe and Asia. The plague spread like wild-fire amongst the citizens, and the physicians alike. It seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, and at the time, the sickness really did mean ultimate death.
However, four thieves, who were notoriously robbing the infected dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the highly infectious plague, were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying.
The crime these four men committed was punishable by being burnt alive. The judge was so intrigued by how these men had stayed immune to this terrible disease, that he told them if they shared their secret he would spare them this punishment. Taking the deal, they told stories of their herbal knowledge and their powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways.
The Thieves told the judge their secret: they were perfume and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the sea ports and the devastation of the plague. In this age, physicians were seen wearing long black robes, wide brimmed hats, and masks that appeared to have a beak. The reason being that the masks were said to have contained a combination of herbs, spices, and essential oils that the physicians would breathe in order to keep themselves safe from those afflicted with the illness.
Their long black robes were also said to be doused in a similar fragrant concoction and current research continues to build upon this theory. They had prepared an essential oil recipe that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and masks over their mouths, kept them safe from infection.
The judge stayed true to his word. The men were not burned alive, but instead they were hanged for their crimes.
From then on, the doctors who treated the Black Death victims appropriately used this special blend. The beak is how doctors got the long-lasting nickname “quack”.
Yet another version of the story relates that a man named Richard Forthave developed and sold the preparation, and that the blend was originally referred to as Forthave’s. Over time, his name became corrupted to Four Thieves.
There are many versions of how Thieves Blend is made, but the basic ingredients are essential oils of lemon, clove, cinnamon, and rosemary. Those are included in the Young Living brand, as well as eucalyptus. Other mixtures contain also oils of white camphor, sweet orange, thyme, and sage.
A sample recipe for Thieves Blend:
8 drops of Clove Essential Oil 7 drops of Lemon Essential Oil 4 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil 3 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil 2 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
How to use Thieves Blend
Using the blend straight:
Combine 1 drop Thieves Blend to 4 drops of carrier oil to massage on soles of feet, lower back, neck, hands, temples, and behind the ears. This can be used on everyone, but you may wish to spot-test for sensitivity first.
Add to dish water
Add 5-6 drops to a load of laundry
Wash pet dishes in a solution of soapy water and 1-2 drops of oil
Add 10-15 drops to a bucket of soapy water to clean floors
Sprinkle on your face mask to kill microbes coming and going
All-Purpose Spray: 2 drops of Thieves Blend per ounce of water. Add the oil to the bottle first, then the water. Shake well each time you use it. Use the spray for cleaning around the home.
You can also combine with vodka and/or witch hazel instead of water, and spray on surfaces as an anti-microbial; wipe off or leave on, as indicated. Suggested surfaces:
Stuffed animals / toys
Mattresses / bedding
Take on trips and use in guest rooms or hotels
Spray on your face mask, both sides
Thieves Blend is good for diffusing throughout the air.
There is also a Thieves Vinegar. Fill a jar with herbs and slices of lemon, garlic, sage, lavender, thyme, rosemary, mint, and wormwood. Pour vinegar to cover all, and cap tightly. Allow to steep for several days. As with Fire Cider, this is shelf-stable. To use, rub over hands, sip lightly, or consume with rice or vegetables (do not cook it, though).
According to Wikipedia, “an original copy of the recipe posted on the walls of Marseilles during an episode of the plague: Take three pints of strong white wine vinegar, add a handful of each of wormwood, meadowsweet, wild marjoram and sage, fifty cloves, two ounces of campanula roots, two ounces of angelic, rosemary and horehound and three large measures of camphor. Place the mixture in a container for fifteen days, strain and express then bottle. Use by rubbing it on the hands, ears and temples from time to time when approaching a plague victim.”
General Dentistry recently published an article that shows the connection between periodontal disease and chronic illness. There is a correlation between cavities and other diseases such as diabetes and heart health. It is important to practice good oral health, because you will reap the benefits of better overall health. And if you have cavities already, it’s important to know how to heal cavities naturally to avoid invasive procedures in the future.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofascial Research (1) shows that American adults do not have as many cavities as they did in the 1970s. However, American adults do have many unhealthy dental problems. Recent studies from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that adults age 20-64 include:
Blacks, Hispanics, young adults, and people from lower socio-economic situations and educational backgrounds who are not as likely to care for decaying teeth.
On average, 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth and 13.65 decayed and missing permanent surfaces that are identified in all ethnic and class groups.
Hispanic subgroups, and people who are economically depressed, who experience higher levels of tooth decay in permanent adult teeth than other demographics.
Whites and people of better economic means and educational status who suffer from tooth decay more often than other demographics.
23 percent currently have decaying teeth that require treatment.
92 percent who have had at least one cavity in their permanent teeth.
Although there have been many solutions to help prevent tooth decay since the 70s, the data above shows that everyone is at risk for cavities, no matter what their socioeconomic and educational status may be.
Healthy teeth are sustained by a flow of beneficial dental fluids. When you get a cavity, there is a reversal in this proper flow. When one has bad oral hygiene, bacteria and acids can feed on sugar. This erodes the enamel that protects teeth and creates an inflammatory response in the dentin.
Ultimately, your body’s metalloproteinases becomes activated and starts the cavity process. It is important to maintain good dental fluids to minimize the harmful bacteria in your mouth. It is important to learn how to heal a cavity naturally by using natural remedies, because chemicals can create greater problems.
TRUTH BEHIND FLUORIDE
We’re told that fluoridated water is “natural” and known to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Dentists and public health officials have pushed this information on us for decades.
However, scientific data suggests this is completely false. Chemicals found in American water are safe to drink, except for fluoride. Fluoridating water is not encouraged in most developed countries.
The Fluoride Action Networks says,
“The main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as ‘silicofluorides’ (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry. Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — more so than any other water treatment chemical. In addition, recent research suggests that the addition of silicofluorides to water is a risk factor for elevated lead exposure, particularly among residents who live in homes with old pipes.”
It is inconclusive whether or not the risks outweigh the benefits of drinking fluoride water on tap.
An epidemiological study done in Vojvodina Serbia, which included 145 children under the age of 6, determined that fluoride prevents cavities and tooth decay in deciduous (baby) teeth, but the “presence of fluoride in the drinking water doesn’t affect the health of deciduous teeth.”
Whether we give our children unpurified tap water to drink, or pay the dentist to give fluoride treatments during check-ups, it makes me wonder if we are poisoning our children.
5 WAYS TO HEAL CAVITIES NATURALLY
Brushing and flossing daily is important, and there are many ways you can reverse cavities without taking fluoride. Here are some tips to heal cavities naturally at home.
1. OIL PULLING
Oil pulling has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic medicine. It is a great way to detoxify your mouth. You can swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes to cure gingivitis, headaches and systemic diseases like diabetes. We recommend using coconut oil and clove or tea tree essential oils for antiseptic and antifungal treatments:
It is best to oil pull first thing in the morning
Don’t let 20 minutes scare you. You can oil pull while you get ready for the day.
After pulling, rinse your mouth with warm water. Use salt water for antimicrobial properties.
Do not be shocked if the oil mixture is white or yellow.
Brush your teeth like normal
This should be a relaxing process, so you do not need to vigorously swish your mouth the entire time.
Of course, if you’re sensitive to dairy, avoid it at all costs, but it’s important to recognize that pasteurized dairy is void of vital nutrients and will not “do your body good” like the slogan says.
Raw dairy, on the other hand, is full of vitamins and minerals that help healthy dental fluid flow and maintain strong teeth. Consuming raw dairy can help boost your calcium, vitamin K2, magnesium, phosphorus, and fat soluble vitamins levels.
4. REMOVE PHYTIC ACID
Phytic Acid is in the bran portion of grains and legumes. It blocks the phosphorus availability in humans, and binds minerals for oral health such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. These minerals become unavailable for proper utilization.
Phytic acid has anti-nutritional effects such as digestive disorders, lack of appetite, and nutrient deficiency. It is important to limit your grain consumption and stay away from soy products. It is also best to eat foods that are organic and GMO free.
5. REMOVE SUGAR
Sugar is the worst thing you can consume for cavities. It feeds oral bacteria and prevents a healthy flow of dental fluids. It is very acidic and can demineralize teeth which makes them decay. This means no candy, soda, or baked goods, and it also means to limit honey, maple syrup, and juices.
These natural approaches can reverse cavities in a cost effective and efficient way. Take good care or your oral health and show off your new smile with pride.
Have you heard of fire cider? This interesting title was created by Rosemary Gladstar, an herbal guru whose knowledge and teaching of all things herbal and natural have rightfully earned her a revered status in the world of nutrition and functional medicine.
Fire cider is one of the best preventive measures one can take for general health. It boosts the immune system and aids the respiratory system.
Fire cider can be taken as a dosage by the teaspoon; it can be used as a salad dressing; it can be added to rice, steamed vegetables, soups, or other dishes for a pop of flavor. Fire cider is traditionally made with the addition of raw honey (raw honey provides its own nutritional and health benefits), but you can omit it.
Many have taken Rosemary’s basic recipe (apple cider vinegar, horseradish, garlic, onions, ginger and hot peppers) and adapted / arranged / re-created it to their own tastes, needs, and preferences. You can do the same! Optional ingredients: cinnamon (powdered or sticks), turmeric, astragulus (or other adaptogenics), echinacea, cayenne spice, peppers, lemon/orange/grapefruit slices, and elderberries. Also, if a particular ingredient doesn’t agree with you, or you don’t have access to it, then you can leave it out (except the apple cider vinegar – that’s an important component 😉 ).
As always, please be sure to use clean, organic ingredients for the healthiest product.
Here, then, is one recipe for Fire Cider:
¼ cup grated fresh horseradish root
¼ cup or more fresh chopped onions
¼ cup chopped garlic
¼ cup grated ginger (or 2 tablespoons powdered ginger)
Apple cider vinegar
1/2 – 1 cup of local raw honey (optional)
Directions: Layer ingredients in a 1-quart mason jar. Fill the jar with vinegar until the ingredients are completely covered. Use a chopstick to release any trapped air. Cover with more vinegar if necessary, so that all vegetables are completely covered with vinegar. Put a piece of parchment paper over the jar before screwing down the lid, so the vinegar does not touch the metal of the cap (or, use a plastic lid). Let this mixture sit for 4 to 6 weeks, at room temperature. Shake daily or as often as you think of it. After 4 to 6 weeks, strain the infused cider through cheesecloth, being careful to squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the vegetables.
If you like, you can add raw honey to the strained, infused vinegar. Start with ¼ cup and mix thoroughly. Add more to taste.
Fire cider is shelf-stable. Store in a cool, dry place, out of sunlight for up to 18 months. You can refrigerate, if you prefer.
This is from an e-mail I received from Wardee Harmon, of Traditional Cooking School. She is wonderful, and I highly recommend her.
I’m excited because I just released a new lesson for the premium members of our Bible-based cooking program…… all about naturally pickled foods. When most people hear “pickles” they think about the canned food aisle containing sauerkraut and pickles and such. Yet I’m not talking about the same thing :)You see, naturally pickled foods are pickled how people did them CENTURIES ago before we had anything like high pressure canners. Just salt and vegetables and jars… all that’s required. :)No heat, no pressure, just time and room temperature.ie … fermenting! Crunchy, salty, sour. Probiotic, good for the immune system, preserved with natural acids like lactic acid (which is healthy… as opposed to the white vinegar that’s used to preserve most foods in the canned section).Anyway, in this new lesson, I help you understand the process of fermenting, what tools to use (you really only need mason jars and utensils), the type of ingredients to shop for/grow, what’s happen in and how to do it safely. Plus gobs of recipes, both in the printable and quite a few on video for you to follow along… kraut (and a high Vitamin C kraut), pickles, kimchi, ginger carrot sticks, apple chutney, and more! Would you like to learn this age-old skill? You can preview this lesson and others if you’re approved for a free 30-day trial of our Bible-based cooking program. Click here to apply. FYI: Our program is for Christian moms (and families) who know they want to cook healthy but aren’t sure what to do or where to start… nor do they want to spend hours in the kitchen. We help you skip the learning curve with sourdough, fermenting, cheesemaking, and more! Let me know if you need any help finding anything or if you have any questions. God bless you and your family… and happy fermenting!
I received an e-mail invitation to a great herbal livestream, and am passing it on to you. The following is from John at LearningHerbs:
This is what happened when I chose the wrong herb…
I didn’t hurt myself.
It’s more like the herb I used just didn’t work.
Here’s the story…
I was getting over a cold, and had a bad cough at the end, which is a pretty common thing that happens.
I started using garlic, which is an herb I had used many times before for coughs.
I mean, just about every herbal book says use garlic for coughs. When you look up “herbs for a cough,” garlic is on every list.
However, why wasn’t garlic working for me?
Turns out not all coughs are the same.
If you look at that same list of “herbs for cough,” you might also see an herb called marshmallow listed.
Now, if I’m at the START of a cold, garlic might be the perfect herb. But I was at the END of the cold, when that hacking cough simply needed soothing.
Garlic doesn’t soothe.
But guess what? Marshmallow does.
If we look at those herbal lists, and see dozens of herbs under a particular health condition, just how the heck are we supposed to know which one to use?
The answer is that we have to move away from this “List-Based Herbalism” and move towards “Sense-Based Herbalism.” By learning to use your senses with herbs, as humans have been doing for tens of thousands of years, you can begin to really TRUST the herbs you choose.
To help you learn this, Rosalee put together a 3-part livestream called…
Getting Results with Herbs
Basically, Rosalee is going to show you how you can dramatically improve your herbal success rate.
This entire post is taken from an e-mail I received from Kami McBride. She is offering a free herbal self care webinar. Here are her words:
I guarantee that this webinar will be worth your time.
If you know anyone that has been dealing with the fires and stress of the pandemic, please share this with them. People can help themselves more than they think.
There are a few herbal self-care techniques that people are not using, that we use A LOT in my household. Especially now that we live in the land of smoke and fire, we have really upped our herbal self-care game.
My voice is a little scratchy in the webinar since we have been living in smoke for 30 days, but I wanted to do this webinar anyway, so that you can benefit and put some of these techniques in place also.
I made this when we were both not feeling well. Cooking over a hot stove sounded detestable, but we had already got the pork chops out, so… While napping before dinner, I had a vision of this, and it turned out spendidly.
Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 90 min
3 tablespoons (give or take) olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 medium-thick pork chops
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
2 medium apples, peeled and sliced
salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 350°. Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a 9×11″ baking pan. Spread cut sweet potatoes over the bottom of the pan. Drizzle more olive oil, and salt. Place the two pork chops on top of the sweet potatoes. (We had some large, thick pork chops, but this recipe will work fine with pork steaks, or chops a bit smaller. If you’re using thin pork chops, you may need to adjust the baking time.) (At this point, I sprinkled some seasoned salt on top of the chops.) Spread the onions over the tops of the chops, then the apples slices on top. Drizzle more olive oil over all, and salt. Cover the pan tightly with foil. Poke 5 or 6 slits in the foil. Bake for 90 minutes. After one hour, remove the foil and put back into the oven to bake another 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to rest for 5 – 10 minutes before plating.